Yesterday Nikki was Best of Breed in Bakersfield and took a Herding Group IV. Whoo Hoo, Nikki!
Today our friend, dog co-owner, and Chase herding trainer/handler Susan Shields Long was married to Ron Long. We wish them many happy years together. Chase was all dressed up ready to give the bride away. Alas, that was not to be. Nonetheless, here he is with the bride after the ceremony. (Susan changed from her skirt to mud-resistant clothing so they could herd.) Chase was still wearing the bow tie he had donned in the event he was part of the wedding party. (Thanks, Cheryl)
Yesterday was not a qualifying leg for Chase. If you want to suffer along with Susan, you may watch the run here. However, today Chase did enough advanced things correctly that he earned his second Advanced Sheep Leg. Whoo Hoo! I am happy! Thank you Cheryl for letting me go along for the run — without your photos and videos, I would never know. Kearney also qualified (both yesterday and today) and needs only one more point for his Dual Championship. Little Treasure earned her first Started Sheep leg. We’re hoping lots of good things happen at our National Specialty.
At the other end of the country in California, Chase/Magic daughter Nikki (GCH Wellshire Absolut Magic) was doing us all proud with a BOB over several specials AND a GROUP III. She proved she was a mudder as the show site was under water. Go, Nikki!
On March 24-25, Chase and Susan will try to earn Chase’s final two legs of his Advanced Sheep Herding Title. For the first time in his short herding career, Chase had the opportunity to train at the facility that will host the trials. Yesterday Susan, Cheryl, Chase and Kearney trekked down to Georgia. Cheryl sent some lovely photos, but this one best sums up Chase’s relationship with Susan and with his sheep. That smile on his face creates a lump in my throat.
From herding practice, Chase went to Janet Suber’s home (see post below). Today they will go to the Franklin shows where Janet will relinquish custody of Chase to Cheryl Mika. She’ll get him ready for the Louisville shows next weekend. He’s not been entered in a show since Western Reserve (I think), but needs this brush up before the National Specialty.
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